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  1. Hi Neil, Thanks for the cutting advice. We (actually my husband) successfully cut the shelf and I love it because now, with the cut-out, I can easily work around the thermocouple and get more in my little kiln. YAY! BUT... I just opened the kiln after a glaze fire using the cut shelf for the first time and wonder if I should have sealed or done something special to the cut edge before using in. Several pieces have what look like bits of kiln shelf stuck in the glaze and now I worried about using it. Is there anything I ought to do to that cut edge to prevent this from happening again?
  2. Hi all, I'm jumping in here because I've had an embarrassingly newbie meltdown... cone 06 clay body in a cone 6 glaze fire... Anyway... I get that I could use an angle grinder to remove the puddle but I also wouldn't mind that edge of the shelf. If I could cut the shelf, what tool would you all suggest I cut it with? Thanks, Andryea
  3. Hello ceramics community! I am working on a coil built form that I've attached a photo of. I'm using Standard 365 grolleg porcelain and because I don't have a lot of experience building larger form using porcelain I wonder if I should support the underside to prevent slumping or sagging. If so, what are your recommendations and thoughts? Thanks, Andryea
  4. Wadding or wads, to a newbie like me, sounds both very technical and yet somewhat imprecise... kind of like a recipe for chicken soup. The ingredients vary from maker to maker. Regardless, I'm trying to visualize what these look like before and after firing. Does anybody have a photo? I guess I could google it. While I understand the function I don't understand practical aspect. Thanks for your patience with me.
  5. You are kind! No doubt you are correct with regards to ease of use. I do know that many of my spoons end up hanging on a wall or are displayed on a shelf. Go figure! What does this mean? Might be easier kiln packing just placing on two wads, quick polish.
  6. I'm afraid my spoons do not have a curve in the handle and when viewed from the side sit flat on the shelf. I think I've seen the stilts you posted a photo of somewhere on the internet. Are the stilts with the metal inappropriate? (That's what I have.)
  7. Thank you all for your insightful input. I am just an infant when it comes to ceramics. I've had little formal education and it's obvious here. Nevertheless, the experience has been a good teacher. Like I said in my first post, I'm more familiar working with low fire clay. However... the allure of porcelain is so powerful that I bought 50#'s to experiment with. I didn't realize it comes with a steep learning curve. I'm not sure I like it or that I will continue working with it but I am determined to use it so I appreciate the advice. @Piedmont Pottery You are right a foot ring would solve the problem. I am practicing doing just that with success since those fatalities! @Bill Kielb My naivete is showing with how I thought one single centered stilt would be sufficient as that's how it worked at cone 06. As for using cones... this is something I know very little about and is probably something I ought to learn about. @Babs Thanks for your guidance using stilts. Clearly I used them incorrectly. That was my very first cone 6 firing and I assumed I could do what I did with my low fire clay. I have since had some other relatively successful firings. I have stopped glazing the bottoms (because you're right, why?). I am making my pieces thicker. And, aside from various glaze issues, the unstilted pots are fine. FYI-My kiln is two years old with less than 100 total firings. That all said... I'm guessing that I should NOT ... 1. completely glaze or 2. stilt those spoons. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and will feel pretty good if they haven't gone all flat on me when I open the kiln next! Hahaha Thanks again everyone!
  8. I am pretty sure it was porcelain. Although now you have me doubting it. I don't use cones because my kiln has programs that I follow. It was set to Slow Glaze at cone 6. Here are a couple of images of three other pieces that were stilted in that same firing.
  9. Thanks. I have one experience stilting porcelain pieces to cone 6. It was disaster. Everything slumped around the stilts. Fortunately, the stilts survived but the pieces got all wavy and warped. I'm not sure what 'not too heavy' means exactly because I had something pretty light in there that practically melted over the stilt!
  10. Hmmm, that's pretty interesting and maybe a tell tale sign! I make my spoons in two parts, a coiled handle and a flat, under a slab roller/bent into the bowl shape. I wonder how a pinched or carved bowl shape would behave. Thanks!!
  11. Yes, for a glaze fire. You're right a 1/2" kiln post is very low. I'm wanting to elevate a 2" kiln post 1/2" more. And yes... I have tried tumble stacking but invariably something breaks.
  12. I ran out of the shortest size (1/2") kiln furniture and wonder... could I elevate what I do have with some flat unused test tiles? If yes, my next question is about the temperature. I'm firing the kiln to cone 6 but the test tiles are cone 04. Will this be a problem?
  13. good to know. thanks. I'm still a little confused and wonder what I'm still missing. How are the bricks or shells different from stilts? And won't the porcelain slump regardless if it's sitting up, off the shelf, on something?
  14. Thank you all for sharing your advice and experiences. I am answering your questions below and have a few follow up questions. Thank you in advance. What the general consensus about stilting regardless of whether it's sea shells or soft brick or a stilt itself when firing porcelain to cone 6? @Babs The whole back side of my spoons rests flat. Can you clarify what you mean when you said... 'You may find you only need a small spit (?) at end of handle and another at the belly of the spoon in which case, a dab of resist (?) or be prepared to lightly grind when placing on a spur..like used in cystal glazing may be the way to go. A spur do (?) You also posted an image of a stilt. I didn't think I could use stilts at cone 6 with porcelain for fear of slumping. @JohnnyK Yes... I will consider engineering a stable stand! Thanks for sharing that image! Ugh @Pres great suggestion... using the posts themselves makes a lot of sense @Mark C. soft brick? 'm not sure what this is exactly. Is this something I can buy? If so, do you know where? @Magnolia Mud Research Sea shells? I never heard of this. What's so special about sea shells? And will any kind of sea shells? Small? Big? I live nowhere near the ocean so I'm figuring this is something I'd have to purchase. Any advice?
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